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Firefox 3.6 - Navigation Toolbar - Google search box language problem

I am currently working from Germany. From Firefox, if I give something to search in the Google search box in the browser, it is automatically taking me to google.de, and is returning results which is of no use for me.

Is there any chance, that I can change the default to google.com or google.co.in or google.co.uk, something like that which gives me English results?


Search for any keyword using Firefox' builtin search box. It takes you to google.de. Now go to Google's homepage, and click on click Google.com in English in the footer. Next time you use the browser's search box, it will take you to google.com.

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  • +1. It works. But how does it work? Using a cookie? It seems to be a setting per browser, not per computer. – Peter Mortensen Feb 22 '10 at 10:00
  • @Peter Mortensen: yes, it's cookie based. If you install a new Firefox search plugin, it will only effect a specific browser (a Firefox profile, to be precise). – viam0Zah Feb 22 '10 at 10:42

If you're using Firefox search box (on the right side of the address navigation bar), you can download other search engine plugins from here. Hope this helps!

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You will find here instructions on how to change the default Google search used by Firefox.

It’s a very simple fix, basically all you need to do is navigate to the firefox directory (“c:\program files\mozilla firefox” is the default for windows) then open the “searchplugins” folder.

Next you need to edit the “google.xml” file and change this line:

<Url type=”text/html” method=”GET” template=”http://www.google.de/search”>


<Url type=”text/html” method=”GET” template=”http://www.google.com/search”> 

or whichever google locality you wish to use. I also changed this line (but i’m not sure if it’s necessary):


Then re-open firefox and search away!

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  • +1 to counter the unjustified down vote. What is wrong with this answer? – Bryan Apr 3 '10 at 9:41

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